Who we are?


Big-Wood-kennel was estabilished in 1985 by Raili Suominen. Foundation bitch of our kennel is FIN Ch Eleanora. She was a very strict, beautiful and clever bitch. Her first litter was born in June 1985. Nora was very healthy, despite of some back problems in her older age. She died at age of 15,5 years in 1999.

In 1994 Raili Suominen received a very honourable prize from the Finnish Kennel Club. This prize is called The Vuolasvirta -prize and it is awarded for succesfull breeding practices. This was the very first time when this prize has been given to a cardigan breeder in Finland.

When Big-Wood’s kennel celebrated 10th anniversary in 1995, Johanna Flinck’s name joined officially to this prefix. Johanna has handled, trained and co-owned Big-Wood’s cardigans for several years, even bred one litter for the kennel.

The main goal of the Big-Wood’s breeding is a classic Cardigan Welsh Corgi with sound mind and agile body. The most important thing for Raili and Johanna is that Big-Wood’s Cardigan is beloved pet and companion and the owner is pleased. The right dog must find the right home and vice versa. If the owner is interested about showing or performance, it’s ok, but not  the priority no.1. During these years there has been many Big-Wood’s champions and CC-winner, but also a lot of  Cardis who have done well in Agility and Obediece avenues.

Raili lives in Mäntsälä (South Finland), the village is called Sälinkää. She works in the hospital. Raili’s pride and joy Jetro and Sanni are the children of her only son. At the moment Raili doesn’t have any dogs, but Sasu-the-cat keeps good company to her.

Johanna’s family is a little bit bigger. They live countryside in Pattijoki which belongs to Raahe, 70 kms southern than Oulu, “capital” of North Finland. Johanna works as a secretary in the Districal Joint Municipal Authority of Health Care in Raahe area. Johanna’s first dog was St. Bernhard male “Romeo”, who was born in early ’80s. The next one was a Russian Hound bitch Miska, who didn’t want to be hunting dog at all so they done agility and obedience togehter. Third one was Noela – the Cardigan Welsh Corgi with more personality than size and the story began…

Johanna’s husband Tapio has been involved with rottweilers over 30 years and bred some litters years ago. Now he has got his own prefix “Steelpaw’s” and he has bred one pembroke litter. Tapio works in Rautaruukki Steel.

Daughter Jenni was born in 2002 and she is very interested about all kind of animals. . Jenni has already took part to “children & dog”  & junior handler competions, trained agility and helped in SAR trainings. Jenni’s no1 hobby is ice hockey.

Johanna is also professional agility trainee and official show secretary. She has competed in agility with Cardigans, Rottweiler, Schapendoes and the Belgian Malinois Konna who was owned by her friend. Johanna has also been involved with obedience, SAR, rally-O, bloodhound tracking and (years ago) even dog sledding.

Johanna’s own training avenue

Jenni & Ringa

Home of the Big-Wood’s Cardigans.